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Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

Be Careful How You Praise People

In an experiment, people who had been praised for their decision-making skills were <b>40%</b> more likely to escalate their commitment to a bad decision (in this case, a bad hire) than people who hadn’t been praised. But those who had been praised for their creativity, rather than their decision prowess, …

Innovation Isn’t an Idea Problem

When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: “we need more ideas.” They’ll start talking about the need to “think outside the box” or “blue sky” thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or …

Roberts, Brian Hiatt

Excerpts from <i>Live From New York</i>, an oral history of SNL.<p>SNL in its grim 20th season through the lens of first-year (and only-year) cast member …

REMADE IN TAIWAN: Manny Ramirez's Season Abroad

Two years after he retired from baseball in disgrace, one of the greatest sluggers of his generation wound up playing on the other side of the world, the unlikely savior of a league whose reputation is as complicated as his own. And with a major league comeback possibly imminent, a half a season in …

Slow Ideas

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?<p>Why do some innovations spread so swiftly and others so slowly? Consider the very different trajectories of surgical anesthesia and antiseptics, both of which were discovered in the nineteenth century. The first public demonstration …

Get Fit Together, Build a Fitness Habit and Reap the Healthy Benefits!

<i>The following is a post sponsored by LES MILLS. For our sponsored post policy, click here.</i><p>We are huge fans of group fitness classes—they’re fun, they …

Muscles for breakfast

<b>Other than after a solid workout, breakfast is the only other time your body really craves food. The importance of breakfast cannot be ignored – in</b> …

Get-Fit Guy

Get-Fit Guy will help you enhance your energy, lose weight, boost your performance, and get your body looking better than ever without spending hours …

The Basics of Working Out with Weights in Body Building

When you are just starting out with this insanity of bodybuilding and lifting weights, don’t follow the crowd. If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a …

How To Have A Success Mindset When You Don’t Think You Can Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”</i> -Henry Ford<p>You know that in order to achieve your big goal you have to believe in …

Microsoft Sees Its Next Big Thing In The Internet Of Things

It’s not often that you see Microsoft ahead of the curve. Its recent history is replete with stubbed toes and dropped balls — such as, for instance, missing the early significance of the Internet. Or mobile. Or tablets.<p>But the company’s news that it is opening up its Bing search engine to …

The 4 Fundamental Pillars of Emotional Intelligence | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Usually when we think of “intelligence” we associate it with things like logic, math, and science.<p>However, according to psychologists such as Daniel …

Emotional Intelligence

A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

It’s tempting to think of sacred tombs and ancient monuments as our best window into other cultures. But archaeologists have long known that if you …

The Biggest Reason Most Sales Don't Close

Every sales organization with more than a handful of reps or that is across multiple offices or time zones would benefit from having a sales …